Advisory | An Anchor of Hope
Florida Gov. Rick Scott urged people to evacuate in the state of Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma's arrival, a storm set to unleash devastation on Miami as early as Sunday morning. Scott warned: "If you live in any evacuation zones and you're still at home, LEAVE!" and "Do not try to ride out this storm ... we can't save you once the storm hits.”
At least 500,000 people in South Florida now face evacuation orders and more evacuations are expected from Georgia as the Category 4 hurricane makes landfall. It is estimated up to 7.5 million individuals could be affected by power outages. Scott said that regardless of their location, people should be ready to get out. The governor noted that Florida's western coast "will still have hurricane conditions.
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As we approach the anniversary of 911, our nation is responding to Hurricane Harvey as well as Irma we are reminded of another time of tragedy. Just as the Lord Jesus Christ was with us sixteen years ago, for those who seek Him, He continues to be our present Help in the face of danger once again. Together, with Christ, We Will Stand!
When asked how he was holding up, one ReadyChristian in Port Arthur, TX told CEN Mary Marr: “We are standing in several feet water and giving Jesus the sacrifice of thanksgiving. It is impossible to describe how things could be so devastating all around us, yet we see God’s hand in so many places. Most of all, we see the body of Christ becoming more united.” This is someone who is spiritually ready.
Whether natural disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, man-made disasters or personal crisis, scripture reminds us to “Be ready to give an answer for the Hope of Christ within.” - Peter 3:15
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- Hurricane Irma and Jose would be driven out to sea
- Survivors and responders will have the physical stamina as they are getting very tired and recognize this recovery may last up to two years or more
- Christians who are currently evacuating would find safety and protection while traveling and shine the light of Christ even in the midst of the storms
- Churches to unite to assist in the response effort with wisdom
- Consider sheltering a family whom you know well or who needs to evacuate. If it is not someone you know well, insure you read “Questions to Ask Before Sheltering”
- Send a note of thanks to a first responder in your area to express gratitude for how they put their lives on the line for you every day
- A positive word of encouragement to a first responder or survivors.
- A word of hope: “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven.”
- The anchor of hope found only in the Lord Jesus Christ. -Hebrews 6:19. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. -Hebrews 6:19